Aurora Labs Limited (ASX:A3D), aka A3D, is launching a Print Campaign to demonstrate system reliability, quality, and repeatability, as part of the Company’s active commercialization strategy. The campaign is supported by The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA) and aims to demonstrate A3D’s technology as capable of repeatedly producing printed material that meets draft SAE International aerospace standards AMS7039 and AMS7032.
Upon successful completion, this will enable A3D to be one of the first additive equipment companies compliant to print metal parts to these aerospace 3D printing standards, once approved. Globally, A3D will be the first to achieve this status at 1500W laser power.
“We look forward to completing the demonstration campaign and sharing the results with prospective clients, partners and the wider AM community,” said A3D CEO, Peter Snowsill. “A positive result will validate our capability for a wide range of industry applications that Aurora is pursuing, not just limited to aerospace.
The 4-phase project comprises a series of builds that will be performed on Aurora’s Beta prototype printer in 316L stainless steel. The parts produced will undergo various radiographic, metallurgical, mechanical and chemical testing that are essential quality indicators, including density, tensile, and fatigue properties. Results must be shown to be repeatable and consistent across the 4 phases for the campaign to be deemed successful. Separate to the testing requirements, Aurora aims to complete the campaign within 3 months.
The draft standards are being developed by aerospace AM experts under the SAE International Aerospace Materials Specifications, Additive Manufacturing – Metals (AMSAM-M) committee. The standards are expected to exceed many of the criteria contained in other industry standards relevant to A3D’s target industrial markets, and will therefore be a useful tool for Aurora to market its printer technology to industrial clients and prospective partners.
A3D’s Print Campaign is endorsed by additive manufacturing experts, The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA). TGBA have provided rigorous analysis and consultation to A3D during the launch of the Company’s commercialization phase. Their team of experts has recommended this project as a key differentiator in the industry to attract and secure Tier 1 partners.
“I am especially excited with Aurora Lab’s efforts to demonstrate both the reliability and capability of their high-power system. I am also interested in generating data that will show the applicability of the two specifications I have been working on with the AMSAM-M team, at a much higher level of power and productivity than those available to many users,” said TBGA Principal Advisor, Kevin Slattery.
The campaign is due to commence before the end of February 2022 and the results will be published once compiled.
“Demonstrating A3D’s technology methodically with careful data collection is an important part of our commercialization strategy, adding to a bank of information that can be shared with prospective partners. The results will also assist us in securing contract printing clients as we promote print services to the local industry. We are confident of achieving success and look forward to presenting the outcomes,” concluded Snowsill